Texas ranks number six in the nation for agricultural exports. Animals and animal products are a large part of the Lone Star State’s agricultural industry, with livestock being nearly 69 percent of the state’s production value. Texas also contributes approximately 37 percent of the cotton produced in the U.S. In 2016 alone, cotton generated $2.2 billion in crop value.
SteelMaster offers a wide range of customizable agricultural storage buildings that come in different models and sizes. If you need a dependable steel farm building, a SteelMaster metal Quonset Hut is the smart and economical choice.
Our metal barn kits can provide a place for animals to seek shelter, rest, or feed. The buildings have the ability to be open on both ends, on one end, or closed if access needs to be limited. The arches are easy to clean—just dampen a cloth and use a bit of soap to wipe down the steel arches. Plus, steel walls will resist breakage when kicked by animals.
SteelMaster’s prefabricated farm buildings can be used for hay storage, a secure place to store tractors and other equipment, grain storage, and tool sheds. Storing hay inside of a SteelMaster has significant benefits. Choosing the proper storage method can preserve hay bales, which maximizes nutritional value and savings as wind, rain and extreme heat can increase bale deterioration.
Texas has the highest number and greatest variety of natural disasters of any state. Since the 1850s, at least 64 hurricanes have hit the Lone Star State.
We design our structures to meet the building codes for hurricane-prone areas which change frequently with the increase of tropical depressions. Our high-grade commercial steel has the best high-speed resistance of any other kind of building.
Hurricanes can pack winds from 74 mph as a category 1 to over 157 mph or more as a category 5, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Poorly constructed, rigid frame structures are left defenseless against the power of the hurricane’s howling winds, but SteelMaster’s cyclone-proof house materials have endured when tested in the most powerful storms. Our prefabricated Quonset Huts are High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) certified.
When Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008, the Brugman family’s SteelMaster Building was still standing and everything inside was untouched.
“The building was a lifesaver,” says Greg Brugman. “Thankfully it was coated with Galvalume or it would be a complete rust bucket.”
Galvalume is a dry, clear, organic resin standard coating that helps to protect the steel arches while also keeping energy costs down.
When the storm was approaching, The Brugman family headed to a hotel four hours away. While they took shelter in another area, the category 2 hurricane hit and left millions of people without power, and destroyed homes and businesses.
When Greg returned and went to check out his SteelMaster building, everything was exactly as he had left it, including two beta fish that were happily swimming in their tank.
Nearly 10 years later, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast of Texas and completely obliterated buildings, flooded entire communities, left people stranded in their own homes and claimed the lives of over 60 people. Bayside, Texas resident and SteelMaster customer Tom Deforest calls himself one of the “lucky ones.”
While he was waiting the first few days after the storm, Tom says he took shelter in the loft area of his SteelMaster. He alternated between sleeping in his truck and the Quonset Hut. After the storm passed, the temperatures started to rise, so he had to relocate to another shelter.
“My SteelMaster building survived Hurricane Harvey with no problems. I love my SteelMaster,” says Tom.
His steel Quonset Hut was in perfect condition and so were his items inside of it. Tom says he has a few Harley Davidson Motorcycles as well as a vintage vehicle stored inside of the building. Everything was just as he left it after Harvey ravaged his neighborhood.
Tom secured his Quonset with a 12 x 12 garage door, which he made even stronger by attaching ratcheting straps. The door was built to sustain 123 mph winds, and Hurricane Harvey sure put it to the test.
The southern extent of “Tornado Alley” reaches into the heart of Texas, causing tornadoes throughout the year. Dangerously high winds and flying debris can obliterate structures, but high-wind rated Quonset Huts have proven their strength in the midst of the most dangerous twisters. Our prefabricated steel Quonset Huts meet tornado shelter requirements and tornado building codes in every state in the U.S.
To avoid significant tornado damage, buildings must have a series of reinforcements tying every structural element together from roof to foundation, much like a chain. This is exactly how SteelMaster’s Quonset Huts are built. Each arch overlaps the next and is tightly bolted together, forming one unit bolted to the foundation to create a continuous load path.
A normal straight-wall building is more vulnerable because its parts can be easily ripped off, even in a fairly weak tornado. Once there’s a slight opening, the wind can get inside and dismantle the entire structure.
Fluctuating wind speeds during storms can increase pressure on parts of a structure, causing connections between the buildings’ components to fail. The roof covering, roof deck or wall siding can be pulled off and the windows can be pushed into or suctioned out of a building.
The average home is built with plywood, lumber, and particleboard, which become powerful projectiles once a structure suffers a direct hit from a tornado. Even well-built brick homes are vulnerable. SteelMaster’s overlapping arch panels are made with high-quality, commercial-grade steel bolted together to form a strong internal support system to prevent a structural collapse.
After one of the worst wildfire seasons in the U.S., more Texans are becoming interested in fire-resistant buildings. One of the many advantages of owning a Quonset Hut is its unmatched protection from fire-related disasters.
People who own steel Quonset Huts already have a significant advantage over those who have traditional straight-wall buildings because of the engineered fire resistance in a Quonset Hut. The International Building Code recognizes that steel is non-combustible, which means our fire-resistant metal buildings easily meet the codes of every locality across the country. Steel buildings are considered to be both type 1 and type 2 buildings in fire codes. Type 1 categorizes it as fire-resistant and type 2 determines that the structure is non-combustible.
A SteelMaster metal carport is an ideal solution for customers who want a quality, custom-engineered structure. Unlike carports made from other materials, steel is able to survive in all kinds of weather. It will not rot, warp, buckle, twist or crack.
Our steel carports come in a variety of sizes. You can get one tall enough to store a large vehicle such as an RV, or a smaller one that would still be large enough to protect a jet ski, snowmobile or ATV. You can even have one installed on a boat slip as a boat slip cover.
Businesses also trust SteelMaster canopies and awnings to protect their customers from the hot Texas sun. San Antonio-based grocery store chain H-E-B used a SteelMaster roofing kit to create a unique design for the company’s store in the Mueller neighborhood of Austin. The design team chose the steel roof, reminiscent of an airplane wing, to honor the area’s history as the former site of a major Austin airport.
“We quickly decided on SteelMaster as we researched material options for a long-span deep-V roof. Their product quality and selection were exactly what we needed and their technical assistance during the design process was excellent,” said a spokesperson from the architecture firm that worked on the project.
America’s Icehouse, one of the hottest party spots in Texas City, uses a SteelMaster container cover roof as a cover for the bar’s stage, which has welcomed several musicians over the years. The bar’s unique concept is called “Steel and Sail.”
Contact one of our building specialists today to get started on your project!